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Gretchen Filz has a fascinating article documenting the connection of the United States of America to Mary Immaculate and the history of the choice of the United States Bishops, in the year 1846, to proclaim the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception, as the patroness of the United States of America. […]

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The title above is the name of a book that appeared Monday in English (after earlier publication in Italian) by a writer who has assumed a grand Renaissance pseudonym: Marcantonio Colonna (an admiral at Lepanto). So begins the review of this book by Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing. Mr. Royal is a well respected […]

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THE GOOD NEWS The US Catholic Bishops met yesterday and today in their annual fall assembly. Perhaps the most important outcome of this meeting was the election of the head of the Pro-Life Committee. Giving the keynote address, Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the Conference said: Preview Open

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Pope Francis has stirred things up yet again by banning the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City. The Holy Father said this was done because the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people. And although potentially very unpopular, this is seen as part of the hermeneutic of continuity, in […]

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The title of this post comes from a sentence in the opening paragraph of an article at First Things, by Josef Seifert, the former Dietrich von Hildebrand Chair of Realist Phenomenology at the International Academy of Philosophy. Seifert was recently fired from his post for speaking the truths of the Catholic faith. Our friend, @pseudodionysius, chronicles his story […]

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A theological EMP has been released in the Catholic Church: Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis. It was over a year ago that four cardinals of the Church issued 5 dubia, or questions, to the Holy Father. Since then, 2 of the cardinals have gone to their eternal reward and the dubia remain unanswered. Preview Open

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“Schism is brewing in the Church, not harmony and peace. How could it not grow when the Vatican shows such partiality toward the archenemies of Catholics – no less than well known communists, FARC and Raúl Castro included?” So writes Domingo Caro, a contributor to OnePeter5, who they say is well versed in politics and the […]

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Emma Bonino, an Italian leftist who boasts of having performed over 10,000 illegal abortions, was a featured speaker at a Catholic parish in Italy on July 26. She was invited to speak on immigration. (Nota bene: Her advocacy for immigrants and refugees prompted Pope Francis to praise her as one of the “greats” on the Italian […]

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The secular world loves Pope Francis and has a tendency to gush over what he says and does (at least when it deals with “social and economic justice” issues such as climate change, immigration, wealth redistribution, etc., etc.). This happened as early as the release of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG). The Wikipedia article proclaims that […]

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On October 17, 2015, Pope Francis verbalized his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and listening Church. This vision of his has led to crisis within the Church. The crisis unfolded with the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family and boiled over with the issuance of Amoris Laetitia (AL). (I don’t intend to go […]

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Today, December 8, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the solemn dogma declared infallibly by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, in his Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, […]

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As I listened to Special Report last night on Fox News, anchor Doug McKelway breathlessly intoned that Pope Francis had changed Church doctrine. This was in reference to his Apostolic Later Misericordia et Misera, released on Monday at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. But as the good people at getreligion.org say, “The […]

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My focus during my time here at Ricochet has been to write about the Catholic Church and my faith. And this is another one of those. There has been some controversy recently in the Church, but tomorrow, the 19th of November, Pope Francis will convene a Consistory and elevate 17 men to the College of […]

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The Darker Side of “Civility”: Or, After the Hangover of the Al Smith Dinner

 

Al-Smith-DinnerThe hangover from last week’s surreal edition of the Al Smith Dinner is finally wearing off, and things still look ugly. Host Timothy Cardinal Dolan says it was an “awkward” meeting between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, who shared a dais with Dolan at the old televised dinner raising money for New York Catholic charities. Yes, obviously awkward, Your Eminence, but wasn’t it a tad awkward for you to be there, too?

Wasn’t it especially awkward for Your Eminence when Hillary, opponent of all that is Catholic (except liberal Jesuit heresy) said, “We need to get better at finding ways to disagree on matters of policy while agreeing on questions of decency and civility?” Dolan instead would agree, as he responded to calls to permanently cancel the dinner by saying, “nothing can ruin the event” as it is “America and the Church at their best.” Dolan is gravely wrong.

The dinner itself is trivial but its pretense to civility — years ago and now — highlights a paradoxical problem for Christians confronting the Left’s anti-Christian agenda. How do we remain “civil and decent” in confronting the Left’s ideologues and yet resist their hijacking of what it now means to be “civil and decent?”

This Year’s Greatest Sermon on Christianity in American Politics

 

In the face of Tim Kaine’s dangerous duplicity on abortion, some Catholic leaders are sounding the alarm.  Listen, for example, to this week’s tremendous sermon by Father John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ — this may just be one of the greatest sermons on Christianity in American politics that you will ever hear and certainly must-listening for any Catholic or Christian voter you know.

Father Lankeit distinguishes between issues of “intrinsic evil” (like abortion) and issues of “prudential judgment” (like affirmative action or immigration policy).  He says: